Digital Dozen Course Syllabus


Course Description

This online course is about exploring twelve categories of exciting Web 2.0 sites and creating activities to use in the classroom. Each week participants will explore several web sites and choose at least one to put into practice. Twelve (12) learning activities will be completed over 12 weeks. Participants will publish their work each week by posting on a wiki they create in this course. At least one activity (from the entire 12 weeks) must be implemented with students.

Modules are Wikis, Blogs, Social Bookmarking, Graphing and Drawing, Photo Editing and Sharing, Video Editing and Sharing, Online Presentations, Chat, Social Media, Digital Storytelling, Surveys and Polling and Other Web 2.0 Quickies.

Course Prerequisites

This is an advanced technology course that has been developed with the expectation that participants already know how to operate a computer with proficiency and browse the internet. Participants should be self-motivated independent learners who are able to meet weekly deadlines. Online learning is aimed at independent learners. If you require the structure of a classroom, this method will not suit you.

Course Goals/Learner Outcomes

Participants will be able to demonstrate the ability to use and integrate various Web 2.0 tools into the curriculum. It is expected that participants share their course reflections in a wiki.

Instructor Profiles

Amy Phillips
Instructional Technologist, Grapevine Elementary School and Heritage Elementary School
Extension- 3649

Janie Stach
Instructional Technologist, Colleyville Middle School
Extension- 4964

Instructor Responsibilities

  • Answering questions and addressing concerns
  • Monitoring and Evaluating the Discussions
  • Evaluating Products
  • Posting Progress

Course Policies

Each module is intended to take about an hour to complete. Some modules may take more time and some less. As with any learning opportunity, what you put into the course will determine what you get out of it. A new module will begin each Monday and all assignments are expected to be completed by Sunday night.

This course is completely online. There are no actual class meetings. Although you have the flexibility of setting your own work schedule, you will be expected to adhere to the class schedule for assignments and participation in the discussions. You will have one week to work on each project. Plan and begin early. Do not wait until the last minute to prepare assignments for submission. Learning online allows you a lot of flexibility. It also takes self-discipline. Dedicate time at a regular interval to work on class assignments.

Assume responsibility for your own learning. This class is both project based and discussion based. Module introductions and tutorial links will only touch on some of the most important aspects of your assignments. As a result, you will be expected to assume a great deal of responsibility for your own learning outcomes. If you are highly motivated, visit the wiki and participate several times in each module and complete assignments… you will be successful.

You and your fellow participants will form a community of learners throughout this course. We want everyone to be a part in the learning. Your fellow classmates are looking forward to reading about your discoveries and opinions on the lessons’ topics. Participation in the discussion questions and writing reflective journals on your wiki are required activities.

Support for the course will be available from the course trainers (through email, phone call or wiki Help Desk), other class participants (through wiki Help Desk) and the campus technologist.

Course Technologies

For this course you need a computer with access to the internet. All projects will be completed via online sites. Help sheets linked on the site will be PDF files so Adobe Reader is required. It is available on all district computers and can be downloaded at home from http://www.adobe.com.

Course Learning Materials

All course information is organized on our Digital Dozen wiki site. Links to movies, slideshows, help sheets and example ideas and activities can be found there.

Course Communication

You will receive announcement emails from the instructors to keep you on track in the course. We can be reached via our school email address or phone extension if you have any questions. We also have a “Help Desk” page on the wiki for posting questions.

Assessment

Assessment is based on completion of the required activities for each module. Each module will have a rubric of requirements for earning maximum points which translate to the number of hours you receive for the entire class.

Your personal point sheet will be shared with you in Google Docs. You will be able to view your points/hours at any time. No one else (except the trainers) will be able to view or edit this document.

Class Schedule, Objectives and Rubrics


September 13-19- Wikis
Upon completion of this module, the student will be able to:
1. Explain what wikis are and how they work.
2. Create a wiki
3. Explain how to use wikis in the classroom.
Grading for Module- 1 hour credit=100 points
Journal entry on wiki- 25 points
Discussion participation- 25 points
Product- Wiki- 50 points

September 20-26- Blogs
Upon completion of this module, the student will be able to:
1. Explain what blogs are and how they work.
2. Explain how reading blogs can help a teacher build their own Personal Learning Network (PLN).
3. Create a teacher and/or student blog
4. Explain how to use blogs in the classroom with students.
Grading for Module- 1 hour credit=100 points
Journal entry on wiki- 25 points
Discussion participation- 25 points
Product- Blog- 50 points

September 27- October 3- Social Bookmarking
Upon completion of this module, the student will be able to:
1. Explain what social bookmarking is and how it works.
2. Create an account with a social bookmarking website and begin saving sites.
3. Explain how to use social bookmarking in the classroom.
Grading for Module- 1 hour credit=100 points
Journal entry on wiki- 25 points
Discussion participation- 25 points
Product- Social Bookmarking- 50 points

October 4-10- Graphs and Drawing
Upon completion of this module, the student will be able to:
1. Explain the advantages of selected Web 2.0 graphing, charting or drawing tool.
2. Create a graph, chart or drawing using selected Web 2.0 tool.
3. Explain how to use Web 2.0 graphing, charting or drawing tools in the classroom.
Grading for Module- 1 hour credit=100 points
Journal entry on wiki- 25 points
Discussion participation- 25 points
Product- Creation of a graph, chart or drawing- 50 points

October 11-17- Photo Editing and Sharing
Upon completion of this module, the student will be able to:
1. Explain the advantages of selected Web 2.0 photo editing or sharing tool.
2. Create an edited photo or photo book.
3. Explain how to use Web 2.0 photo editing or sharing tools in the classroom.
Grading for Module- 1 hour credit=100 points
Journal entry on wiki- 25 points
Discussion participation- 25 points
Product- Creation of edited photo or photo book- 50 points

October 18-24- Video Editing and Sharing
Upon completion of this module, the student will be able to:
1. Explain the advantages of selected Web 2.0 video editing or sharing tool.
2. Create an online video or locate/embed useful videos into personal wiki.
3. Explain how to use Web 2.0 video editing or sharing tools in the classroom.
Grading for Module- 1 hour credit=100 points
Journal entry on wiki- 25 points
Discussion participation- 25 points
Product- Creation of new video or embedded video in wiki- 50 points

October 25-31- Online Presentations
Upon completion of this module, the student will be able to:
1. Explain the advantages of selected online presentation tool.
2. Create an online presentation.
3. Explain how to use online presentation tools in the classroom.
Grading for Module- 1 hour credit=100 points
Journal entry on wiki- 25 points
Discussion participation- 25 points
Product- Online presentation- 50 points

November 1-7- Chat
Upon completion of this module, the student will be able to:
1. Explain the advantages of selected chat tool.
2. Create an account at the selected site and create a shareable product.
3. Explain how to use chat tools in the classroom.
Grading for Module- 1 hour credit=100 points
Journal entry on wiki- 25 points
Discussion participation- 25 points
Product- Chat product- 50 points

November 8-14- Social Media
Upon completion of this module, the student will be able to:
1. Explain what social media is and how it works.
2. Explain the advantages of selected social media tool.
3. Create an account at the selected site and begin adding content.
4. Explain how to use social media tools in the classroom.
Grading for Module- 1 hour credit=100 points
Journal entry on wiki- 25 points
Discussion participation- 25 points
Product- Content creation on selected site- 50 points

November 15-21- Digital Storytelling
Upon completion of this module, the student will be able to:
1. Explain what digital storytelling is and how it works.
2. Explain the advantages of selected digital storytelling tool.
3. Create a digital story.
4. Explain how to use digital storytelling tools in the classroom.
Grading for Module- 1 hour credit=100 points
Journal entry on wiki- 25 points
Discussion participation- 25 points
Product- Digital story- 50 points

November 29- December 5- Surveys and Polling
Upon completion of this module, the student will be able to:
1. Explain the advantages of selected survey or polling tool.
2. Create an online survey or poll.
3. Explain how to use survey or polling tools in the classroom.
Grading for Module- 1 hour credit=100 points
Journal entry on wiki- 25 points
Discussion participation- 25 points
Product- Online survey or poll- 50 points

December 6-12- Other Web 2.0 Quickies
Upon completion of this module, the student will be able to:
1. Explain the advantages of selected Web 2.0 “quickie” tool.
2. Create something using the selected Web 2.0 “quickie” tool.
3. Explain how to use the various Web 2.0 “quickie” tools in the classroom.
Grading for Module- 1 hour credit=100 points
Journal entry on wiki- 25 points
Discussion participation- 25 points
Product- Web 2.0 “quickie” product- 50 points